November 20, 2009

Gauchos Put Perfect Record on the Line, Host San Francisco Monday

Nov. 20, 2009

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• The Schedule
Monday, November 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. San Francisco
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Loyola Marymount
at LMU's Gersten Pavilion (4,156)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• Plenty Of Good Tickets Available
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

• It's Never Been Easier To Purchase Gaucho Tickets
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara will enter its game against San Francisco with a record of 2-0. After opening the season on Nov. 14 with an easy 85-57 win over Cal State Los Angeles, the Gauchos had to grind it out for a win in their second game. On Nov. 17, they defeated defending Big Sky Conference favorite Weber State, 66-57. UCSB finished the 2008-09 season with a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 record in Big West Conference play. At one point last season, the Gauchos had records of 8-13 overall and 2-7 in the Big West before ending with eight wins in 10 games.

• 2-0 For The First Time Since...
You have to go all the way back to the 2007-08 season for the last time UCSB opened the year with a 2-0 record. You have to go even further back, 2006-07, for the last time the Gauchos opened a season at 3-0. That year they won four in a row before losing.

• Gauchos Move To 2-0 With Physical Win Over Weber State
Orlando Johnson scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds to lead UCSB past Weber State on Nov. 17, 66-57. Johnson scored seven of his points as the Gauchos raced to a 14-0 lead. They still led by 10 at halftime (30-20) and stretched it to 38-22 early in the second half before the Wildcats clawed back. After taking its 16 point lead, Santa Barbara missed 11 straight field goal attempts and was outscored 19-5 over a 10 minute stretch. With the lead down to two, 43-41, UCSB outscored Weber State 9-1 to take a commanding 52-42 edge with 5:28 to play. The Gauchos made 11-of-14 free throws in the final 5:28, including 5-of-6 from Paul Roemer, to hang on for the win. In all, they attempted 39 free throws, making 27. The Wildcats, who were led by Damian Lillard with 16 points, made just 7-of-38 thee-point attempts, 18.4%. Overall, they shot just 29.7%. Roemer and Jaimé Serna each added nine points for UCSB. Jon Pastorek had a game-high 11 rebounds.

• Joyner's Return Possible
Junior point guard Justin Joyner, who missed all of the 2008-09 season while recovering from wrist surgery, has missed the first two regular season games of 2009-10 with an sprained ankle. Joyner has improved significantly and could, I repeat could, make his return against San Francisco. If he doesn't return against the Dons, he is likely to be back for the Nov. 28 game at Loyola Marymount, and for that, the Gauchos give thanks. In 2008-09, UCSB felt the effects of Joyner's absence as it struggled holding leads, particularly through the first two-thirds of the season. In fact, it was at San Francisco when the impact of Joyner's absence was first felt as the Gauchos had an 11 point lead with four minutes to play and couldn't hold on as the Dons outscored them 15-0. In his first two years in Santa Barbara, Joyner played in 60 of a possible 61 games, starting 58 times. He averaged 3.3 assists in those 60 games and just 1.8 turnovers. As a sophomore in 2007-08, he started all 32 games and quarterbacked a Gaucho team that set a school record with 23 wins. That year, Joyner had a Big West-leading 2.1-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio with 116 assists and only 56 turnovers.

• Something Is Brewing
Freshman Chris Brew did not play against Cal State Los Angeles nor against Weber State. The UCSB coaching staff is still in the process of making decision regarding a possible redshirt year for Brew, the brother of Gaucho guard Will Brew, Jr. The staff will determine Brew's status in time for the Monday, Nov. 23 game against San Francisco.

• The Opponents
UCSB and San Francisco have played 35 times in a series that began in 1961. The Dons came from behind to edge visiting Gauchos last season, 73-72. The win ended a three-game Santa Barbara winning streak in the series. UCSB and Loyola Marymount have played 81 times dating back to 1948. The Lions have gone 46-35 all-time, but the Gauchos have won the last two. On Dec. 1, 2007, UCSB won at Loyola Marymount, 63-56, and in that game current Gaucho Orlando Johnson played 17 minutes for LMU and scored seven points. Last year, on Dec. 13, 2008, Santa Barbara won at the Thunderdome, 81-61.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G - 20 - Will Brew, Jr. - Has six assists and just two turnovers in first two games.
G - 33 - Orlando Johnson - Has scored 19 points in each of the first two games.
G - 42 - James Powell - Needs 71 points to become 23rd Gaucho to hit 1,000 for career.
F - 0 - Jaimé Serna - Made all three of his free throws, including two late, vs. Weber St.
F - 32 - Jon Pastorek - Had a game-high 11 rebounds in win over Weber State.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G - 1 - Chris Brew - Will not play as a decision is being made on possible redshirt year.
G - 3 - Jordan Weiner - Had four assists and three steals vs. CSLA.
G - 4 - Paul Roemer - Has 14 points in two games, seven from the free throw line.
G - 11 - Justin Joyner - Expected to play against either San Francisco or LMU.
F - 15 - Sam Phippen - Had career-high 14 points in opener vs. CSLA.
G - 21 - James Nunnally - Struggled from field (1-6) vs. Weber State, but made 5-6 FTs.
F - 25 - Lucas Devenny - Had three rebounds in just eight minutes vs. Weber State.
C - 55 - Greg Somogyi - Played nine minutes vs. Weber State, had two points, two rebounds.

• UCSB Picked To Finish Second In Big West
A panel of media members has picked UCSB to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2009-10. Long Beach State has been tabbed as the league favorite. The Gauchos received six first-place votes and totaled 179 points in the poll while Long Beach received 17 first-place votes and 209 points. Defending league champion Cal State Northridge finished third in the poll with 130 points. UC Riverside and Pacific finished fourth and fifth. Pacific received the only other first-place vote.

• Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is a perfect 2-0 at home in 2009-10. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, the Gauchos have won six straight games at the Thunderdome. They won their final six home games of last season and finished with a 10-4 home record. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Santa Barbara has gone 12-2 in non-conference home games. The two losses, which came last year, were against eventual NCAA champion North Carolina and Utah State, another team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year.

• Johnson Continues His Fast Start
Orlando Johnson's fast start to the 2009-10 season continues. After making all seven of his shots and scoring 19 in the opener against Cal State Los Angeles, Johnson had 19 more in the win over Weber State. Against the Wildcats, the sophomore transfer made 6-of-11 shots from the field, including 2-of-4 from outside the three-point arc. He became the first Gaucho this season to record a double-double as he collected 10 rebounds. In his two games, Johnson is averaging 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. He has made 13-of-18 field goal attempts, 72.2%, and 3-of-5 from three-point territory, 60.0%. The bane of Johnson's existence, through two regular season games and an exhibition, has been free throws. In two real games, he has made just 9-of-19 from the line, 47.4%. He was 4-for-8 in the opener and 5-for-11 against Weber State.

• The "Other" Transfer
The headline, of course, is tongue in cheek. It is not meant to offend Jon Pastorek, the "other" transfer. Pastorek, who came to UCSB after two seasons at San Diego State, has been outstanding in two games as a Gaucho. He is averaging 8.5 points and team-best 8.5 rebounds per game. In the win over Weber State, he had six points, two blocked shots, and a game-high 11 rebounds. Pastorek also made his first three-pointer of the season in the win over the Wildcats.

• Free Market
In their win over Weber State, the Gauchos attempted 39 free throws. In 31 games last season, they never took more than 35 free throws in a game. The last time UCSB attempted that many free throws was on Mar. 6, 2007 when, in a win at Cal State Northridge, they also shot 39. The last time the Gauchos shot more than 39 was on Feb. 15, 2005 at Cal Poly when they attempted 45. In addition, they made 27 of the 39 free throw attempts, the most they have made since Jan. 2, 2009 when they hit 27-of-31 in a game at UC Riverside. The last time Santa Barbara made more than 27 was on Mar. 4, 2006 when it made 32 in an overtime game at Cal State Northridge.

• Sub-60 Is Cold
Each of UCSB's first two opponents has scored exactly 57 points. It marks the first time since early in the 2008-09 season that the Gauchos have limited opponents to fewer than 60 points in consecutive games. Last year, at the World Vision Invitational in Normal, Ill., UCSB defeated Winston-Salem State by a 71-58 score and Nicholls State by a 57-38 score. In all, Santa Barbara held eight opponents below the 60 point barrier in 2008-09.

• Three For All? Try Three For None
Weber State was 7-for-38 from beyond the three-point arc in its game against UCSB. The last time a team attempted more than 38 three-pointers against the Gauchos was on Nov. 21, 2006 when Pepperdine launched 40 in a double-overtime game. The last time a team missed more than 31 in a game against UCSB was never. The 31 misses by the Wildcats were the most ever by an opponent.

• Playing The Percentages
UCSB's first two opponents have not shot the ball well. That, my friends, is an understatement. Cal State Los Angeles made 17-of-46 attempts, 37.0%. Weber State took it one step further and made just 19-of-34, 29.7%. As mentioned above, the Wildcats were 7-of-38 (18.4%) from three-point range, but they did make 12-of-26 from inside the three-point stripe, 46.2%. In two games, Gaucho opponents have made 36-of-110 field goals overall, 32.7%, and 11-of-55 from three-point range, 20.0%.

• Equal Distribution
The Gauchos are pretty deep this season. Generally, the coaches would tell you that they will be comfortable going 12 deep when Justin Joyner returns. So, it is no surprise that 10 players have played in both games so far and another one, James Nunnally, would have if they he sat out the opener because of suspension respectively. In fact, just two games into the year, UCSB has 11 players averaging 11.0 minutes per game and nine averaging 16.0 or more. Orlando Johnson leads the team at 25.5 minutes per outing.

• A Rebounding Rebound
After they were outrebounded 33-32 in the season opener by Cal State Los Angeles, UCSB knew it had some work to do in that area. While they didn't have a resounding rebounding victory against Weber State, the Gauchos did take a step in the right direction, winning the battle of the boards by a slightly less than comfortable 43-42 margin. It doesn't take a genius to do the addition and figure out that UCSB and its opponents are on even-footing now when it comes to rebounding. Through two games, the Gauchos and their opponents are each averaging 37.5 rebounds per game.

• The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Wiliams guided the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.

In 2007-08, Williams guided the Gauchos to a 23-9 overall record. The 23 wins were a school record, and UCSB also won its second Big West regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Following the campaign, the Gauchos were awarded a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. It was the third time that a Williams-coached UCSB team advanced to postseason play.

The 2002 Gauchos won the school's first Big West Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003, they won the league's regular season championship and played in the NIT. Williams has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1998-99 and 2002-03.

In 1998-99, he took over a UCSB program that had not recorded a winning season in five years, and after seeing his team lose its first eight games that year - extending a two-season losing streak to 16 straight games - the Gauchos turned things around, winning 15 of their final 20 games and finishing on top in the Big West's Western Division.

Williams has a UCSB record of 180-146. He guided the program to nine winning seasons in his first 11 years - including the last four in a row - and a pair of 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 108-72 in Big West games.

Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Williams spent eight years at UC Davis and in those eight years, his teams recorded 20 or more wins five times and a 158-76 record. In Williams's final season, the Aggies went 31-2, won the NCAA Division II National Championship and he was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year. Including two seasons at Menlo College, Williams has an overall career record of 370-246 (.601) at four-year schools.

• Season Tickets Still Available!
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are still available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.

Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.

And, purchase tickets now to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!

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